Maryland Personal Injury Lawyer
When you get injured, it’s always unexpected, unwelcome and inconvenient. However, when you’re injured because of the carelessness or negligence of someone else, this is a whole new level of trouble. An injury can, at best, take out of action for a short period while you recover, or, at worst, permanently affect you so that you may be unable to return to your job, or work at all. In these instances, it is neither right nor fair that you should be expected to shoulder the considerable costs of medical treatment and other expenses when your injury was someone else’s fault.
If someone else’s actions have caused your injuries, you’re entitled to compensation, often referred to as financial damages, from those responsible. But to get the compensation you’re owed, you’ll need to talk to a Maryland personal injury lawyer, and either mediate, get a settlement, or go to trial, in court, for a civil lawsuit.
There are many different ways that negligence can cause injuries, and each of them requires a different kind of knowledge and expertise to get a proper resolution.
Tragically, one of the most common ways for people in Maryland to sustain injuries is on the road. Distracted driving, drunk driving, and many other errors on the part of other drivers often cause others on the road to sustain both property damage and personal injury. Unfortunately, automobiles being what they are, both the mass and speed of these machines means that much more delicate people inside them are at a greater risk of serious injury.
You’ll want to talk to a Maryland personal injury lawyer if you are in a traffic accident and you know the other driver was at fault. Depending on the circumstances, assigning fault can be very easy, especially if there are witnesses, or key evidence, such as traffic surveillance cameras, or even dashboard cameras that recorded the incident. A Maryland personal injury lawyer can be crucial in helping you to get the full extent of compensation you deserve from medical treatment to lost wages, or even pain and suffering.
The owner of a property, whether a private residence or a public, retail space, has a legal obligation to maintain a reasonably safe environment for visitors. When an owner fails to do so, and that dereliction of duty results in an injury, this is known as premises liability, and you should talk to a Maryland personal injury lawyer.
Premises liability can take many forms, but the basic breach of trust is that a property owner is aware that a situation in the environment may cause some risk of injury, but choose not to do anything about it. So a shopping mall with a broken safety rail on the second floor that causes people to fall, for example, would be premises liability if the mall owners do not block off the damaged area and repair it. In the same way, if a homeowner has an aggressive dog and lets it roam free in the home, not warning any visitors about its hostility, this is also premises liability.
Whether it is a car driven on the road or a cradle that is supposed to allow infants to sleep safely and comfortably, product manufacturers have a legal responsibility to make safe products. If you are using a product in its intended fashion, and, through no fault of your own, sustain an injury, a Maryland personal injury lawyer can help you to seek compensation from the product manufacturer.
In defective product cases, it’s not unusual for many people to be affected by the same damaging issue, which can result in a class action lawsuit where all the victims work together to seek compensation.
Accidents At Work
The understanding when you are employed is that your employer will provide the means and environment for you to do your designated job. Part of this contractual arrangement is that the environment should be reasonably safe for you. If management fails to uphold this responsibility, and that carelessness results in an injury, get help from a Maryland personal injury lawyer.
While your place of work is the responsibility of management, sometimes it is the carelessness of others that can result in injury. A vendor or other partner visiting your workplace that causes an injury, for example, may be liable. In the same way, if you visit another office or another workplace, you may have a personal injury case if you’re hurt while visiting.
In some instances, even when you’ve done everything that an insurance policy requires to qualify for an insurance payout, the company itself may dispute the claim. A Maryland personal injury lawyer can be a critical ally in these situations.
Sometimes an insurance company may feel there is a legitimate reason to challenge a claim. In other cases, an insurance company may be arguing “in bad faith,” and realize the claim is authentic, but they don’t wish to uphold their end of the insurance contract.
For these and other situations, you should reach out to an experienced Maryland personal injury lawyer, like those at Wingfield, Ginbsburg and Lipp, for a consultation and case evaluation.